Friday, January 17, 2014

Ruminations and Approbations at Labereeland

2013.  How sweet it was.  And a little bit crazy, too. 

It was a high octane year in which the Laberees marked off one wild, blustering week after another, events carrying us in waves to and from many good things.

John -  Active in the International Affairs Club, Model UN,  The Memory Team, and the Russian Club at Penn.  Visited Russia and caught up with old friends.  Rowed varsity this past Fall for Penn.  Straight A’s!  This Spring - rugby (yikes).    Planning to study abroad in Fall 2014.  Destination:  Russia !

Nora – An international science fair, an environmental science scholarship to study in Malaysia and Singapore, a US Congressional Gold Award, and a six month study abroad program in Hungary.  Admission to UPenn class of 2018!

Andy – Admission to Stanford University’s online high school, science study at Brown University, rowing, staff writer for the National Junior Statement (civics, current events, political activism), and, most recently,  awarded a pre-college grant from Johns Hopkins for STEM research project !

James – Top scores in National Mythology Exam and Latin Exploratory Exam, read 71 (yes, 71) books (!!), improved his chess game, and learned to golf.  He also learned Scratch programming ....see if you can get all six Laberees to slip on bananas in this, his favorite creation:

Mom and Dad – Peter finally accepted the fact that his hair is not going to grow back and I went completely gray.  We planned a year end vacation to New Hampshire, which, considering the fact that we are both vacationphobic, ranks up there with ironman competitions.   The vacation, which took years to pull off, was perfect.    Labereelaw is busy, busy, busy and Labereeland is feeling absolutely blessed.

2014 - We are already careening crazily through the weeks of what promises to be another exciting year.   

Blessings to you and your families and best wishes for your dreams to come true in 2014.